Dr. Hoss Abar
Cleaning and flossing your teeth while wearing braces is critical for your smile and health.
Flossing, or cleaning between teeth with wax-covered thread, scrapes the difficult-to-reach areas that the brush misses, especially when brackets and wires are in the way. Floss between each tooth once a day. You can also use an interproximal brush to clean around the brackets and under the wires of your braces.
Flossing is essential, even if it takes longer with braces. There are many flossing techniques. No matter which method you use, flossing regularly is critical to preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay, while braces correct your misaligned teeth for a more confident smile.
You may be wondering how a simple piece of floss can significantly affect your oral health. However, you'll be astonished at how beneficial flossing may be. No toothbrush, no matter how diligently you brush your teeth, can get into all the nooks and crannies like floss.
Plaque is formed when bacteria generate acids. Wearing braces increases the spaces where food particles can become stuck, attracting bacteria. Brushing and flossing effectively is an excellent technique to remove as much bacteria as possible from teeth.
Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Moreover, brushing and flossing remove food and bacteria that can cause stains and cavities. It also aids in the prevention of gingivitis and other oral health issues that can arise later in life.
This tried-and-true flossing technique is the best way to clear food and plaque from between the teeth, but it can be difficult for people who wear braces. It takes time to wrap the floss around the brackets and wire.
If you try this procedure, allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes to floss your teeth. The only tool required is waxed floss. Unwaxed floss tends to rip and become entangled in the metal brackets.
The following are the steps you can follow to floss:
A Waterpik is a one-of-a-kind dental gadget that cleans between teeth and along the gumline with a continuous stream of water. Moreover, the stream of water is so effective at cleansing your mouth you only need three to five minutes to floss with this dental device. Furthermore, a water flosser typically costs around $50, though some types are more expensive.
Waterpiks with orthodontia tips are available from some manufacturers. These tapered tips clean more readily around braces and between teeth than regular tips.
How to Use a Waterpik to Floss
You can speed up traditional flossing with a floss threader, a tiny plastic gadget.
Using a floss threader will make your dental care time short. Floss threaders are easily available in the oral care department of supermarkets and pharmacies. Your orthodontist may also have sample threaders that you can try before purchasing a whole bag.
Traditional flossing might be painful for some people, especially those who do not floss regularly before wearing braces. When you initially start flossing, your gums may bleed and feel inflamed. The gums will get healthier with time, and flossing may no longer be necessary.
If your gums are sensitive, try flossing using dental tape. Use dental tape in the same way you would floss. The feel of this ultrathin floss is soft and spongy. It's thinner than regular floss and wider than ribbon. This makes it easier to slip between teeth.
Interdental brushes contain short bristles that easily remove food and debris between teeth. Brush the brush gently back and forth between the teeth to dislodge any food particles. You should only use Interdental brushes with water, not toothpaste, which can be overly abrasive.
They come in various widths to accommodate the size of the gaps between your teeth and last between three days and three weeks before needing to be replaced.
There is some evidence that interdental brushes are less aggressive on the gums than floss since the brushes do not cut into the gums as floss does. Brush bristles may also be more effective than dental floss in eliminating microorganisms from the interdental space.
Water flossers are also helpful in eliminating food from around brackets and wires, but they aren't required because your toothbrush and floss will suffice.
A water flosser is helpful for persons who dislike using floss because it is difficult or tiresome. Water flossers are easier to maneuver and use than floss, especially for persons with arthritis in their hands.
So, the decision is yours. Choose the flossing tool that you will use every day.
These basic practices and regular flossing will help you keep your pearly whites sparkling bright.
Braces can help you build a confident smile. They can also reduce your risk of acquiring future oral health problems. However, taking care of your teeth while wearing braces is crucial for various reasons. Brushing and flossing help remove food and germs that cause stains and cavities. They can also assist in preventing gingivitis and other oral health problems later in life.
It takes time to care for your teeth while wearing braces, but you'll be glad at what you did after the braces are off and your smile is attractive and healthy.
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